This flaxseed is even better than your flaxseed. Linwoods Health Foods Ground Flaxseed Almonds Brazil Nuts Walnuts & Co-Enzyme Q10

March 6, 2015

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Tired of the same old-same old when it comes to adding almighty flaxseed to your smoothies, cereals, yogurts and recipes? Yah, I thought so. Linwoods Health Foods doesn’t mess around when it comes to jam-packing their flaxseed blends with awesomely delicious ingredients that bump up your heath health a notch, or two, or three.
   Antioxidant Co-Enzyme Q10 occurs naturally in the body but natural production declines with age, so dietary sources are important to help maintain adequate levels. Co-Q10 is a highly effective antioxidant and contributes to the production of energy in every cell in the
body. One serving (30g) gives you 30mg of Co-Q10.
   Body Beautiful This blend is a source of Magnesium with 25% of your RDA in just 30g. Magnesium supports normal muscle and nerve function, the maintenance of normal healthy bones and contributes to normal energy metabolism.
   Immunity Just 30g of this delicious blend provides 36% of your RDA of Selenium which supports the normal function of the immune system and contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Ingredients

69% Flaxseed
10% Almonds
10% Brazil Nuts
10% Walnuts
1% Corn Starch
Co-enzyme Q10

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Ingredients

43.5 Organic Flaxseed
15% Organic Pumpkin Seeds
15% Organic Sunflower Seeds
12.5% Organic Sesame Seeds
12.5% Goji Berries
1.5% Corn Starch (anti-caking agent)

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Add this Cocoa, Strawberry and Blueberry blend to chocolate cake recipe for some hearth healthy love.

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Ground Flaxseed, Cocoa, Strawberries & Blueberries contains Flavanols, highly effective antioxidants that may help maintain a healthy heart and efficient circulation throughout the body and is also an excellent source of Iron, Magnesium & Selenium, and a great source of antioxidants!

Chocolate Love Cake
Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups flour
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons of Linwoods Ground Flaxseed Cocoa Strawberries & Blueberries blend
90g Chocolate
1 1/3 cups butter
1 2/3 cups sugar
7 eggs
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips

Filling:
2 Tablespoons of Linwoods Ground Flaxseed Cocoa Strawberries & Blueberries
1 1/3 cups unsalted butter
1 jar of cream cheese icing

Directions:
1.  Line 2 cake tins with greaseproof paper and preheat oven to 375 F
2.  Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa together into a mixing bowl
3.  Melt the chocolate and mix with the butter and sugar
4.  Beat the eggs and add to the chocolate mixture
5.  Fold in the flour mixture, Ground Flaxseed Cocoa Strawberries & Blueberries and chocolate chips
6.  Divide the mixture between the 2 cake tins and bake for 25 minutes
7.  Leave to cool and place on a cooling rack
8.  For the filling, beat the butter, icing and Ground Flaxseed Cocoa Strawberries & Blueberries together
9.  Sandwich the 2 cakes together with a layer of the filling and then cover the top of the cake with the filling to decorate

 

Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Diary free, Yeast free and GMO free.
This product is packed in a plant where sesame seeds, nuts, soya and sulphites are handled. Contains nuts.
 

calling all sweat junkies – finally, sweat proof eyelash extensions just for us!

New “Active Lash” Sweat Proof Eyelash Extensions Offered by GBY Beauty and they are no joke! I am on week 3 and they look as fresh as day one. WOWZA!!! GO GO GO, then go out and sweat your ass off. 

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GBY Beauty, premiere eyelash extension and beauty service company, now exclusively offers Active Lash, a new treatment with sweatproof patented adhesive specifically made for a client with an active lifestyle. This service is available at both pop-up locations inside WAX Salon in Silverlake and Santa Monica, and also as a mobile on-call service.

GBY Beauty has acquired international clientele, from Los Angeles, New York, and London. More info about GBY Beauty can be found online at www.gbybeauty.com

GBY Beauty, leading eyelash extension and beauty service company, now offers Active Lash, an exclusive lash treatment with patented adhesive for longer lasting lashes. Active Lash is a new service, developed specifically for their wide fitness-loving clientele in Los Angeles.

GBY was started 8 years ago by Courtney Casgraux, bonafide Hollywood lash expert. Casgraux and beauty consultant Kendra Studdert met through mutual friends and became business partners in 2012. “Our wide fitness clientele told us that they loved our lashes and wished they had lasted through all their workout sessions. We wanted to find a solution where women could still have lashes but not compromise their lifestyle or beauty habits,” said Studdert.

GBY specializes in innovative lash treatments, hosts beauty events, and also provides mobile “house-call” services for editorial shoots or special occasions. Since using luxury lashes and traveling overseas with clientele was established early on, it was no surprise that GBY quickly became a popular choice among the Los Angeles beauty community.

The globally recognized duo have garnered a longtime fanbase of beauty and lash lovers with their signature lash treatments. Other unique services include the “Moscow Meow” is a thicker, darker, and fuller set used to create a 3D volume, popularly known as “Russian Lashes.” The “Tokyo Lash Pop” set a brightly colored lash set for a playful look, offered in over 10 colors. GBY Beauty also offers “Tooth Gems,” temporary gem applications on teeth made of 100% Swarovski crystals.

To inquire about GBY Beauty personalized beauty services, workshops, or events, more information can be found on the website. But first, try these active lashes. They are a game changer for fitness and sweat junkies like myself!

Lust-worthy Luxury skincare from Luzern Laboratories

March 5, 2015

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I don’t know where to begin with Luzern Labs. All I can say is, I’m done. This is it for me. Everything about the line is perfection. Please read more about it here.

Luzern’s luxurious products are formulated using the finest, sustainably-harvested, organic Swiss extracts and active ingredients, while eliminating any less-than-attractive additives, synthetics, or chemical preservatives. Whether it’s gentle exfoliation, powerful cleansers, nutrient-rich moisture or any of our remarkable serums, every product is carefully crafted to safely care for healthy, beautiful skin-delivering the ultimate anti-aging results.

Check out the line here.

The to-die-for serums here.

Sun Protection here.

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From their website:

the foundation of luzern formulation

We combine the gold standard of certified Bio-Suisse organic anti-aging extracts with
pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients, and then process them using the most innovative
pure processing techniques available for powerful, luxurious results.

  

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WE BELIEVE IN EDUCATING OUR CONSUMERS ABOUT THE CAREFUL SELECTION PROCESS AND EXACT FORMULATIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE POWERFUL PURITY IN ALL OUR PRODUCTS.

We always choose non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients, and we stay far away from artificial fragrances and chemical preservatives. We rely on the remarkable plant extracts grown sustainably in the Valais region of the Alps—certified Bio-Suisse Organic—and then protect the potency and freshness of the actives in each of the formulas by producing them in small batches at low temperatures, so heat does not destroy their anti-aging goodness. The efficacy of our boutique approach to processing shines through in the health and beauty of your skin. Read more about pure processing. 

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WE BELIEVE IN EDUCATING OUR CONSUMERS ABOUT THE CAREFUL SELECTION PROCESS AND EXACT FORMULATIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE POWERFUL PURITY IN ALL OUR PRODUCTS.

We always choose non-toxic and non-irritating ingredients, and we stay far away from artificial fragrances and chemical preservatives. We rely on the remarkable plant extracts grown sustainably in the Valais region of the Alps—certified Bio-Suisse Organic—and then protect the potency and freshness of the actives in each of the formulas by producing them in small batches at low temperatures, so heat does not destroy their anti-aging goodness. The efficacy of our boutique approach to processing shines through in the health and beauty of your skin. Read more about pure processing. 


cosmeceuticals

We use pharmaceutical-grade actives for their ability to work in synergy with one another by increasing cellular energy and optimizing healthy cell function. With this combination, we’ve created a powerful line of products to repair, detoxify, hydrate, and balance the skin.

the most powerful anti-aging cosmeceuticals

BIODYNE TRF (Tissue Respiratory Factor) assists the skin cells in the uptake of oxygen and reduces the look of wrinkles and other age-related skin damage by improving collagen synthesis, increasing hyaluronic acid synthesis, and promoting outstanding cell renewal for healthy, luminous, younger-looking skin.

COENZYME Q10 is a vitamin-like super antioxidant essential for all cellular activity. It is the “spark” that provides the energy your cells need for collagen and elastin production, nutrient utilization, and to fight free radicals.

SWISS STEM CELLS work to preserve and protect skin’s stem cells. These apple stem cells are rich in epigenetic factors and metabolites, assuring the longevity of skin cells to combat chronological aging while delaying senescence of skin cells, preserving the look of youthful, firm, vibrant skin.

NIACINAMIDE B3 combats aging skin, hyperpigmentation, acne, sensitivity and rosacea, helping skin cells repair themselves- improving cellular energy, reducing inflammation, increasing the production of lipids and ceramides, improving micro-circulation, and inhibiting substances that break down collagen.

PEPTIDES easily penetrate the skin and are highly efficient at stimulating the healing process, triggering the rebuilding of the dermal matrix (collagen) and protecting cells from damage.

LIPOIC ACID improves cellular energy production and reduces inflammation – a major cause of aging. R-Lipoic Acid also provides your skin with superior antioxidant protection, further activating other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C,Vitamin E and CoQ10.

VITAMIN C stimulates collagen and protects the skin from environmental damage, gently exfoliates, firms, and brightens the skin, imparting the skin with a more even tone and porcelain effect. We use both water-soluble and fat-soluble versions of Vitamin C to ensure the delivery of the most potent and stable form of this powerful antioxidant.

HYALURONIC ACID can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, restoring radiance and youth to aging skin.

ALPHA-HYDROXY ACID gently and effectively refines skin surface texture and promotes smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cellular renewal.

METABIOTICS RESVERATROL targets micro-inflammation and maintain the structural integrity of skin cells through the dermal epidermal junction.

PURE ZERMATT GLACIAL WATER A unique combination of minerals and trace elements moisturize and energize the skin for a radiant, hydrated glow.


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Swiss Alpine plants, found at the highest possible altitudes, have been subjected to strong temperature fluctuations and high UV radiation. These high altitude plants contain high concentrations of antioxidants.

BECAUSE OF THIS UNIQUE ALPINE “PROTECTIVE FACTOR,” SWISS EXTRACTS ARE THE “GOLD STANDARD” IN ORGANIC BOTANICAL EXTRACTS.

Their “protective factor” has been harnessed by Luzern to develop products that protect the skin from the negative impact of the modern environment.

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ANTI-STRESS EDELWEISS is a high-performance antioxidant with free-radical scavenging properties. It provides increased type III collagen protection and inhibits harmful hyaluronidase, 5-lipoxygenase, and elastase activation. Edelweiss EP promotes a soothing effect, ideal for stressed and sensitive skin.

ANTI-OXIDANT ARTEMISIA UMBELLIFORMIS EXTRACT is often compared to Vitamin C for its antioxidative properties. It protects the skin from free radicals and acts as a strong anti-inflammatory.

ANTI-OZONE BUDDLEJA DAVIDII EXTRACT protects the skin cells from UV damage and toxic radicals like ozone produced photochemically in smog. It reduces the DNA fragmentation of the keratinocytes induced by UVB radiation. It is DNA-protective and an antioxidant as well.

ANTI-ACNE EPILOBIUM FLEISCHERI EXTRACT a rare alpine plant extract, clinically proven to reduce sebum production 56% over 66 days, ultimately, reducing oily skin without dehydration.

ANTI-WRINKLE PLANTAGO LANCEOLATA LEAF EXTRACT stimulates collagen synthesis, thereby thickening the extracellular matrix. The flavenoids and tannins yield anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and act as hyaluronidase inhibitors.

BRIGHTENING ALPINE COMPLEX combines seven Swiss Alpine extracts in a synergistic ratio to inhibit tyrosinase production for a brighter skin tone and a reduction in the look of hyper-pigmentation.


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Chemical irritants and toxins found in much of today’s skincare can trigger inflammation that increases skin sensitivity and even accelerate the visible signs of aging. This inflammatory response stresses the skin’s natural repair process, damages its protective barrier and breaks down collagen, hastening the appearance of lines and wrinkles and undermining the healthy function of the skin.

1. Toxic PreservativesParabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) – Used as preservatives in almost all skincare products, and have been found in breast cancer tumors. Parabens, as xenoestrogens (hormone disruptors), may contribute to sterility in male mice and humans. Estrogen-like activity causes hormone imbalance in females and early puberty.

DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): Just two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which may cause joint pain, cancer, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations or asthma, aggravate coughs and colds.

Triclosan: Synthetic “antibacterial” ingredient with chemical structure similar to Agent Orange! The EPA registers it as a pesticide, posing risks to human health and environment, suspected of causing cancer in humans and creating ‘super bugs’ it cannot kill.

Phenoxyethanol: A preservative often found natural skin care as an alternative to parabens, but actually presents its own health risks. There are several animal studies that demonstrate that it is toxic – with effects on the brain and the nervous system. The FDA has warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

2. Ethanol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol and Benzyl Alcohol: Found in many skin care products, including natural brands. Even in small amounts these types of alcohol can be extremely drying and irritating, and have been shown to generate free radical damage and disrupt skin’s protective barrier.

3. Synthetic Color and Dyes: Synthetic colors from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins in skin, causing skin sensitivity/irritation. Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen. Animal studies show almost all are carcinogenic.

4. Propylene Glycol and Pegs (Polyethylene glycol): Propylene Glycol (PG) is a petroleum-based wetting agent and solvent. PG penetrates the skin so quickly the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. PEGs are made by ethoxylating Propylene Glycol. Dangerous levels of dioxin have been found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process.

5. Phthalates: Xenoestrogens are commonly found in many products, usually not listed on labels. Health effects include damage to liver/kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in girls and boys.

6. Benzoyl Peroxide: Frequently used in acne products, the MSDS states, “Facilitates action of known carcinogens…Possible tumor promoter. May act as mutagen; produces DNA damage in human and other mammalian cells in some concentrations. Also, toxic by inhalation. May be harmful if swallowed and in contact with skin. Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.”

7. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (Triethanolamine): This foam booster is a skin/eye irritant and causes contact dermatitis. Easily absorbed through skin to accumulate in body organs, even the brain. Repeated use resulted in major increases of liver and kidney cancer.

8. Sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Detergents and surfactants that pose serious health threats. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and 90% of personal care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation – even death. SLS may also damage skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate, inflame and age.

9. Chemical Sunscreens: avobenzone, benzphenone, ethoxycinnamate, and PABA are commonly-used ingredients that are known free radical generators and are believed to damage DNA or lead to cancers.

10. Mineral Oil and Petrolatum: Petroleum products that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. Petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast-cancer-promoting substance. It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne.

11. Sodium Hydroxide: Commonly used in skin care, including natural products, to adjust the pH, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye) is a highly caustic, toxic and reactive inorganic base. It is classed as a poison to humans and animals. Cumulative or prolonged contact with skin can cause serious irritation, has a destructive effect upon tissue and skin cells and is known to aggravate pre-existing skin disorders. Make sure it’s not in any of your skincare!

12. Synthetic Fragrance: May contain Phthalates and any of over 200 other synthetic ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say “Fragrance.” Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyper-pigmentation and skin irritation.


no animal testing

Luzern is proud to say that we do not engage in animal testing or use animal-derived ingredients in our products. We prefer to rely on our deep knowledge of botanical extracts and cosmeceuticals and to use our technical expertise to make great skin care products.

We employ an independent company that uses only in vivo and vitro tests, never animal testing, to ensure our products are safe and effective.

RenewU Fitness App

March 4, 2015

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Meet Kim Klafczynski, a breakout fitness innovator making a buzz all over Los Angeles and soon the world. Kim has created a remarkable first-of-it’s-kind, ON-DEMAND fitness application, summoning qualified, certified, and background checked personal trainers to your doorstep in minutes; all with just the touch of a button. No more schlepping to the gym folks, these extraordinary individuals are ready to bring it to YOU.  

What about the weights, you ask!? They have that too. Their proprietary XBAR comes with every trainer and is the exclusive tool for those who use the RenewU Fitness Application. The XBAR is a top of the line, breakthrough fitness device that can work every muscle group and is fun and easily transportable. Just another bell and whistle to this exciting new app.

For $25 per session, the RenewU Fitness App allows you to find a certified personal trainer in your area using your phones GPS, and within minutes a fitness expert will arrive for some yoga in the park, a back yard cardio and endurance session or a quick 30 minute Cross Fit workout. 

RenewU’s creator, KIM KLAFCZYNSKI (26), has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis on Nutritional Biochemistry from Kent State University, graduating after only 10 months, a record for any other alumni under the same concentration. 

This professional and former Olympic-hopeful has been a serious athlete all of her life, devoting her education to biochemistry and exercise nutrition. Coupled with a ‘tech baby’ sensitivity after growing up writing front end code for her father’s tech company, naturally Kim became inspired to marry these two facets in what has evolved into one extra special idea and we couldn’t be more stoked to share the wealth.

RenewU is as convenient as an Uber car and as ‘fit-forward’ thinking as the industry has ever seen. 

GET IN ON IT @ RenewU.com

PROMO CODE FOR GROOMED LA READERS: RENEWUTEAM16 for a free session, up to $25 value!

RenewU is currently available for iPhone and Android.

To Steam Clean, or Not to Steam Clean? Other Ways to Holistically Balance Your Hormones

February 27, 2015

“Yoni steaming,” aka vaginal steam cleaning, is getting a lot of buzz right now thanks to Gwyneth’s recent spa plug on GOOP.  It’s been used by Mayan, Asian, and other cultures for millennia, and is known for aiding in difficult or heavy menstruation – especially when used with herbs. But from a Western point of view, the physiological benefits are not well-studied, and on top of that, removing practices from the “whole” in any holistic approach is a recipe for disaster (or at least disappointment).

Beverly Hills-based OB-GYN Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz (as featured on Dr. Oz, SELF Magazine, & more), combines Ayurveda with conventional medicine to help create a healing, low-inflammation environment that coaxes a woman’s hormonal system back into healthy balance which of course restores looks and energy along the way.

Dr. Gilberg-Lenz says this treatment should be part of a larger, customized plan to truly optimize a woman’s specific health needs, such as menstruation, weight, fatigue, sex drive and overall vitality. As an OB-GYN and holistic health practitioner, here are my top 3 recommendations I give to my patients for holistic hormone balance, including a supplement (Asensia) that utilizes a blend of chasteberry and other ingredients to restore progesterone and estrogen to optimal levels.

1.  Retool your diet

Diet plays an enormous role in your hormone balance. Legumes and beans contain critical “signaling” molecules that help the body function properly. Omega-3 fatty acids (think fish or fish oil capsules) are key for mood, memory, heart health and metabolism functionality. And, sorry everyone: Soda isn’t doing you any favors! Components of carbonated drinks may contribute to bone loss, undoing the good work you’re doing with a calcium and magnesium-rich diet. Find a different drink you love to sip, like green tea, which is notable both for its cancer-fighting and metabolic properties. When we are feeding ourselves healthfully, we create a biochemical environment for our energy levels, looks and mood to thrive.

2.  Take a good supplement

For most of us, diet all by itself can’t meet our nutrient needs. So reach for a high-quality supplement! My top recommendations for women include: a calcium supplement, taken with magnesium, vitamin D3, omega-3 and vitex (i.e. chasteberry) for hormone balance specifically. A good B-complex, as well as black cohosh, both help with hot flashes. One supplement that combines many of my favorites is Asensia, whose formula was proven through scientific studies to help women get their hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen, back into balance.

3.  Move (or don’t move) your body

Your hormones respond to both exercise and meditation. Each activity give your hard-working adrenals a break, and reduce the amount of stress-induced cortisol flowing through your system. As we all know by now, stress leads to inflammation, burdens our immune system, and takes a toll on just about every area of your body. But yoga, a walk in nature, and quiet breathing all help counteract these effects, and create the conditions for a healthy body and calmer spirit.

Beverly Hills-based OB-GYN Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz (as featured on Dr. Oz, SELF Magazine, & more), combines holistic health with conventional medicine to help create a healing, low-inflammation environment that coaxes a woman’s hormonal system back into healthy balance, and restores her looks and energy along the way. Learn more at thedrsuzanne.com.